Microgrid Knowledge – HSGS-Ameresco Installing On-Site Backup Power at Military Ocean Terminal Concord

A joint venture unit of renewable energy developer Ameresco has been contracted to build a 6.25-MW backup power plant and underground transmission lines on-site at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) in California.

The on-site generation at the MOTCO facility will include three generators, a 2-MW load bank, 1,200-amp switchgear and 72,000 gallons of fuel storage capacity. The tanks are designed to provide 14 days of fuel.

The HSGS-Ameresco joint venture will oversee the project, which also involves installation of approximately 12,000 linear feet of underground duct bank with power distribution conductors. The project will be integrated with the existing electrical infrastructure at the Military Ocean Terminal, which is interconnected to the Pacific Gas & Electric utility grid.

“We’re thrilled to be selected to construct and enhance the reliability of MOTCO’s energy infrastructure,” Dave McNeil, president and CEO of HSGS-Ameresco, said in a statement. “We take great pride in providing the right and needed measures to supply energy resilience for this important military facility.”

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